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Linear Perspective. The Illusion of Space. Linear Perspective. Is a drawing technique used for creating an illusion of space where parallel lines converge on the viewer’s horizon line. Attributes of Linear Perspective. The following items play a major role in creating the illusion of space:

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Linear perspective

Linear Perspective

The Illusion of Space


Linear perspective1
Linear Perspective

  • Is a drawing technique used for creating an illusion of space where parallel lines converge on the viewer’s horizon line


Attributes of linear perspective
Attributes of Linear Perspective

  • The following items play a major role in creating the illusion of space:

    • Horizon Line: viewer’s point of where the vanishing point lies; distant convergence of the sky and ground

    • Vanishing Point: point where all perspective lines converge

    • Perspective Lines: lines that recede to the horizon line

    • Overlap: objects closer appear in front of distant objects

    • Scale: objects farther away appear smaller than those that are closer

    • Ellipse: circle placed into perspective

    • Atmospheric/Aerial Perspective: object far away appear less distinct, bluer in color and light is reduced


  • Horizon Line: viewer’s point of where the vanishing point lies; distant convergence of the sky and ground




  • Overlap: objects closer appear in front of distant objects



  • Scale: objects farther away appear smaller than those that are closer



  • Ellipse: circle placed into perspective



  • Atmospheric Perspective: object far away appear less distinct, bluer in color and light is reduced





Vanishing point

Horizon line

Perspective lines

The shape



Leonardo da Vinci. The Last Supper. 1499.


GustaveCaillabotte. La place de l'Europe, temps de pluie; 1877


Thomas Cole. View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm. 1836.


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